My first mix of minireviews.
May 01, 2006

Ikaruga: Brilliant shooter. You've probably already heard of it. Great premise in that there are two types of enemy bullet, white and black, and you can choose which one you want to dodge. Naturally the game compensates by taking the number of bullets you'd expect to see and doubling it. Production values abound, and this is truly one of the best titles for Dreamcast or Gamecube.

Metal Slug 5: This game makes me feel sorry for SNK and what it's become. While the soundtrack is excellent, and the Slug Gunner and Spider Slug are cool, the game just feels shallow compared to X and 3, mainly because it feels very uninspired and because it lacks the humor of the previous titles. Compared to 3, where the game motivated you because the Martians kidnapped your girlfriend/ boyfriend, there is no reason why after fighting many special-forces guys that you have to fight a scythe-wielding demon. It's infuriating.

Smash Bros Melee: A great title. Though people are critical of the game because it's not a technical fighter like those of the Virtua Fighter series, in practice there is still a noticable difference in performance between players of varied skill. While lacking the pure chaos of Power Stone 2, it feels more balanced overall.

Soul Calibur III: Namco clearly botched the job on this one. They made it PS2-exclusive even if the Gamecube version sold best (never doubt the power of fanboyism), but that is an item for another article. The main complaints I have with the game primarily deal with balance; the game took mid-level characters like Talim and weakened them to unplayable levels while taking high-powered characters like Cervantes and making them even MORE powerful, making the tiers all the more distinct. Other items, like the bad Ogre-Battle clone "Chronicles of the Sword," the cheap AI, and the making it nearly impossible to Guard Impact from II, help to bring the score down. For some reason though, chicks dig the Character Creator (Babe: I can make myself. Me: I can undress your character. Babe: *Punches MagicJuggler*. Me: Would you rather I do it for real?)

Resident Evil 4: It's overrated. I expect a lot of hate-mail but the point of the matter is that it does nothing new. Yes, it is graphically beautiful beyond anything hardware could do at the time, yet a bazillion GOTY awards it is not. The inability to strafe or fire on the move grates, plus the fact the game could very well be Dragon's Lair 2005 doesn't help. The inventory system and the ability to modify weapons was cool but the fact of te matter is that this is done better in games like Deus Ex and Diablo II.

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lasthero lasthero - May 01, 2006 (12:27 PM)
I gotta agree on Smash Bros. I thought I was hot shit at that game, but one of my wrestling buddies was way more experienced and trashed me easily.
goldenvortex goldenvortex - May 03, 2006 (05:41 AM)
I won a crate of beer for winning a Super Smash Bros tournament in my union last year.

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